Melasma is an acquired hypermelanosis skin disorder that commonly affects women than men. It is characterized by irregular light to dark brown macules occurring in the sun-exposed areas of the face, neck and arms.
It occurs most commonly with pregnancy and with the use of contraceptive pills.
Other factors implicated in the etiopathogenesis are photosensitizing medications, mild ovarian or thyroid dysfunction and certain cosmetics.
Solar and ultraviolet exposure is the most common important factor in its development.
Taking the oral extract product of the fern Polypodium leucotomos (PLE) on top of the standard topical hydroquinone cream and sunscreen reduces the severity of melasma to a greater extent compared with the standard treatment alone in Asian patients, a pilot study has shown.
Tranexamic acid shows potential in the treatment of melasma, demonstrating efficacy when used alone or in combination with other modalities while inducing relatively few side effects, according to a literature review.
Aqueous cream moisturizers that do not contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) are less irritating to the skin than SLS-containing ones, while achieving similar levels of hydration and skin barrier integrity, according to a recent Singapore study.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01 - 15 October 2019 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.